HONOLULU (CBSMiami) – People on Hawaii’s big island are bracing for another eruption from the summit of the Kilauea volcano.READ MORE: 120 Opa-locka Residents Return Home After Gas Explosion At Apartment Complex
An eruption Thursday sent a gigantic ash plume 30-thousand feet into the air. Scientists said it was short lived and didn’t have much of a hazardous effect, but the next one could. The fear is sulfur dioxide in the air which can cause breathing problems.
“We can’t force them – we can’t force anybody – but we are highly recommending to please evacuate,” said Hawaii National Guard Major Jeff Hickman.READ MORE: Police Investigate Double Shooting In NW Miami-Dade
For those who insisted on staying, masks were handed out that offer 8 hours of protection.
Hawaii’s Governor David Ige is instructing people to keep a close eye on cell phone alerts.
“Listen to Civil Defense. They are broadcasting what should be done in this kind of ash driven event,” he said.MORE NEWS: CDC Issues New Covid-19 Guidance For The Holiday Season
The governor also stressed that while visitors and residents should clear the area close to the volcano, the rest of the island is open for business.